Research Toxicologist II (Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton)

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Updated: November 28, 2019
Job ID: 215249
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Toxicologist II to support the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D. Responsibilities are to provide environmental health effects laboratory support.  This position requires US Citizenship and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance. 

“Relocation assistance, sign-on, and other incentive bonuses may be available to qualified and selected candidates; subject to approval.”


Support cell-based and animal research studies on environmental and occupational exposures in order to identify effects before health and operational performance are compromised in the warfighter.

1. Design and conduct scientific research on the health effects of exposure to chemicals, particulate matter, smoke/emissions, extreme environmental conditions (to include temperature, humidity, altitude, vibrations, and noise) and/or physical demand.

2. Work with a diverse team of scientists, including toxicologists, engineers, neuroscientists, chemists, psychologists, animal behaviorists and biologists, to accomplish the mission of understanding the health effects of operating in military settings.

3. Utilize animal models to evaluate the short- and long-term health and performance effects of acute and chronic exposure to chemicals, mixtures, environmental hazards and stressors and/or physical demand.

4. Provide scientific expertise in the field of toxicology with regard to one or multiple organ systems, including dermal, intestinal, pulmonary/respiratory, neurological/cognitive and developmental and reproductive effects.

5. Identify, devise, propose and execute military relevant studies and collect data from animal subjects (primarily rodent).

6. Perform risk assessments based on collected toxicological data.

7. Assist other investigators in the design and execution of research protocols on animal, human and cellular toxicology and physiology and performance issues of interest to the Navy.

8. Develop (and/or assist in the development) of technical reports, presentations, and publications (subject to Government review and approval).

9. Assist in the preparation of proposal applications for other toxicological, physiological, psychological, medical, and performance studies (subject to Government approval and submission).

10. Performs other duties within the scope of a Software Engineer IV.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must have a strong background in toxicology and exposure methodology with experience in research methods, design, and statistical analysis in a research setting. Strong technical writing background with experience in writing research proposals, standard operating procedures, animal use protocols for approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (human use/Institutional Review Board protocols a plus), technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment but also self-motivated and capable of working independently and with others. Proficiency in the use of common statistical analysis software, to include SigmaPlot, SPSS and SAS. Must be willing and able to work nontraditional hours such as evening, nights and some weekends during periods of data collection.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in related scientific field.

Minimum Experience: Minimum 6 to 10 years of experience conducting original research, including the design and implementation of protocols with animal models, data collection and analysis, and report production.

Physical Capabilities:  Work involves long periods of standing and handling of numerous chemicals.

Security Clearance: Must submit to and be eligible for a Secret clearance (SF86/T3).  U.S. citizenship required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervise research staff as needed.

Work Environment: Laboratory environment; may involve working with biohazardous materials.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.